After Building From Scratch, How High Can Jon Torpey Take High Point?

(Photo Courtesy of High Point Athletics)

When Jon Torpey left his position as associate head coach at Dartmouth to take on the challenge that awaited him at High Point, he was regarded as one of the best young coaches in the game. He had proven himself as an assistant, becoming the youngest associate head coach in DI when he was elevated to the title in 2006 at Denver. And upon his arrival at High Point, he once again began one of the youngest to hold a head coaching job in college lacrosse.

Continue reading “After Building From Scratch, How High Can Jon Torpey Take High Point?”

Lacrosse, It’s Time to End The Silence

(Photo Courtesy of PLL)

It happened again.

Last weekend a black father, Jacob Blake, was shot seven times in the back by police officers in Kenosha, Wis. right in front of his his young sons who were sitting in the back seat of the car. A 31-second cell phone video and the name of the officer, Rusten Sheskey, who pulled the trigger is all that the public fully has 100% confirmation on at the moment. And while we still don’t know the full story, it is said that Blake was breaking up a fight between two women prior to the officer pulling a gun and firing seven times into his back, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

Continue reading “Lacrosse, It’s Time to End The Silence”

Led By a Young Core, Air Force Could Soar in 2021

(Photo Courtesy of Air Force Athletics)

When Air Force joined the SoCon ahead of the 2016 season, the Falcons were coming off of an 8-7 season but were just two years removed from making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1988. And in the final two seasons of the Eric Seremet era, the Falcons had two of their most successful seasons in program history, going 15-3 (7-0) in 2016 and 12-6 (6-1) in 2017. They won the SoCon both years, thus making back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.  Continue reading “Led By a Young Core, Air Force Could Soar in 2021”

Shorthanded Cannons Take Down Outlaws to Claim MLL Title

(Photo Courtesy of Major League Lacrosse)

The statement, “Lacrosse is a game of runs” was ever present during Sunday’s MLL Championship game between the Denver Outlaws and the Boston Cannons, where the Cannons claimed their second title in franchise history.  Continue reading “Shorthanded Cannons Take Down Outlaws to Claim MLL Title”

MLL Gameday Recap: Hammerheads Stun Bayhawks to Claim Playoff Berth

(Photo Courtesy of Major League Lacrosse)

The Connecticut Hammerheads pulled off the upset win, taking down the Chesapeake Bayhawks, 14-9, to secure their third consecutive win and punch their ticket to the MLL Playoffs. The Hammerheads win knocks Philadelphia out of playoff contention and sets the field. Connecticut and Chesapeake will meet again on Saturday in the semifinals. 

Continue reading “MLL Gameday Recap: Hammerheads Stun Bayhawks to Claim Playoff Berth”

MLL Gameday Recap: Barrage, Hammerheads Secure Wins to Stay in The Playoff Picture

(Photo Courtesy of Major League Lacrosse)

With 1:22 minutes left in regulation, Colin Minicus scored the game-winner to seal the 12-11 win for Philadelphia in their regular season finale. Minicus’ goal came off the heels of goals from Jon Mazza, Ryan MacSpayden, and Brendan Sunday to stretch the Barrage’s game-ending run to four goals. Continue reading “MLL Gameday Recap: Barrage, Hammerheads Secure Wins to Stay in The Playoff Picture”

James Purpura Returns to VMI as Head Coach

(Photo Courtesy of VMI Athletics)

VMI has announced the hiring of James Purpura as the program’s next head men’s lacrosse coach. This hiring comes after John Birnser left his post at VMI to take over at Culver Military Academy, Ind. 

Chris Jastrzembski was first to report the news this afternoon. 

This will be Purpura’s second stint on staff at VMI. He serves as the Keydets offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator in 2017 and 2018. During his time running the Keydets’ offense, VMI averaged 12.50 points per game in 2018 and 12.31 points per game in 2018, ranking as the 63rd best offense in DI both years. Additionally, the Keydets saw their shooting percentage improve from .216 in 2017 to .247 in 2018 under Purpura. 

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to return to VMI,” Purpura said. “I have continued to follow the program from afar and now for the opportunity to be at the helm of such a prideful program is a tremendous honor. I want to thank General Peay, Dr. Diles, and the search committee for bestowing their confidence in me to coach, teach, and mentor the Keydet lacrosse program. It’s important to me to be a part of an institution that strives for excellence in everything they do and I look forward to building a culture that’s committed to preparing our cadet-athletes for a lifestyle of winning,” Purpura said in a press release. 

Purpura returns to VMI following a two-year stint as the head coach at Arcadia, where he was named the 2019 Middle Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year and led the Knights to a 14-11 record over two seasons. Arcadia went 9-9 in 2019 and was 5-2 at the time the 2020 season was cut short due to the Coronavirus Outbreak. 

A Pittsford, N.Y. native and 2013 grad of SUNY Geneseo, Purpura got his start in coaching as an assistant at SUNY Brockport before serving as a grad assistant at Frostburg State in 2014. He served as the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Queens University of Charlotte in 2016 prior to his first stint at VMI.